More stories about In-House Design

  • right to the end

    Marmol and Radziner refine the art and craft of design/build. The two of them thrive on interaction—with clients, with colleagues, with the public, and with their own staff. Which works out well, because running perhaps the most sophisticated residential design/build firm in the country leaves...

  • reinvention revisited

    When we first conceived of “Reinvention 2004: The Next American House” early last year, we envisioned a small event, hoping to attract 100 architects who were passionate about improving mainstream house design. Apparently, the time was right to do this because we closed the doors at 300 people—our...

  • esherick's insights

    Early in my architectural life, while working at the San Francisco firm Esherick Homsey Dodge & Davis Architecture, I was assigned to a series of house projects with Joseph Esherick, FAIA. I was acquainted with Joe from architecture school at the University of California, Berkeley, and had spoken...

  • a manifesto

    The majority of Americans live in poorly designed homes that are haphazardly sited, thoughtlessly constructed, and, in some cases, hazardous to their health.

  • where's the architect?

    I'm not sure which is worse, a builder-tweaked plan house or a client's kit-of-parts house, cobbled together by a general contractor's in-house draftsperson. At least with the plan house I can imagine an architect started the whole ball rolling at some point in its history.

  • natural laws

    Most architects think traditional design and detailing techniques are a boring cop-out. Similarly, many academics find blunt prose simplistic. Plain language is indeed comparable to accepted building techniques—direct and to the point, with acknowledged meanings and proven results. Just like florid...

  • hire yourself

    Architects are highly skilled arbiters of good taste. For the most part, they're much more adept than the lay population at designing things we admire.

  • beauty on a budget

    About six years ago, I was contacted by Nancy and Mike Johnston, who faced a classic dilemma: how to maximize their "bang for the buck" on a site with mixed blessings.

  • Open House

    Dwelling, office, classroom, civic center: Stanley Hallet's house multiplies the meanings of home.

  • from house to housing

    In the universe of residential design, architects who craft one-off custom homes for individual clients like to think they're worlds apart from their counterparts who create plans for builders to mass-produce in America's burgeoning subdivisions. If ever two segments of the same profession were...